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PPACA exchange champions to lead health insurer group

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Members of America’s Health Insurance Plans have picked two executives from health carriers that continue to be major players in the public health insurance exchange system to lead their board.

Joseph Swedish, chairman of Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., will be AHIP’s chairman in 2017, the group says.

Bernard Tyson, chairman of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, will be the chairman in 2018.

Mark Ganz, the president of Cambia Health Solutions, based in Portland, Ore., is the current AHIP chairman. 

AHIP says its board also approved new changes to the association’s dues and governance, but did not provide details.

Members of the Health Insurance Association of America, a Washington, D.C.-based group that represented traditional health insurers, and members of the American Association of Health Plans, a Washington, D.C.-based group that represented health maintenance organizations, created AHIP by agreeing to merge in 2003.

Related: HIAA, AAHP Members Approve Merger

AHIP announced in July 2015 that Marilyn Tavenner, a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), would be its new president. 

Tavenner oversaw CMS efforts to set up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchange system and implement other PPACA programs. Two of the PPACA programs she set up, the risk corridors program and the risk-adjustment program, are supposed to shift cash from some health insurers to other health insurers.

UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka, Minn., dropped out of AHIP in June 2015.

Aetna, Hartford, Conn., dropped out in January.

Aetna is on track to continue to sell public exchange plans in many states in 2017, but UnitedHealth has said it is pulling out of many exchange programs.

Anthem and Kaiser both appear to be gearing up to be active sellers of exchange coverage in 2017.

Read: Anthem likely to give PPACA exchanges more time to stabilize

Anthem, the holder of the Blue Cross license in 14 states, has been a major exchange system player in all of those states.

Kaiser is a major player in the exchange programs in California, other western states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser is one of the carriers that offers exchange coverage to members of Congress through the D.C. exchange.

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